Impressions of Amsterdam

It is incredible how differently a city looks under the sun or the fog;
But how unaffected its beauty remains under either blue or grey skies.

Amsterdam on a sunny day:

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Amsterdam on a cloudy day:

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I got the pictures above from my archive. I keep very nice memories from all the daytrips I have done this year to the major Venice of the Netherlands.


Gloomy skies

“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about”.

I shot these pictures last Sunday from my place in Maastricht. I found these gloomy skies very melancholic.

The quote above is by the Japanese writer Haruki Murakami.

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Reading Between the Lines

Where is the limit between sculpture and architecture?
Where between the real and the fictitious?

Where is the dividing line between the artwork and its setting?
Where between art and nature?

Those questions came to my mind during my visit yesterday to Reading Between the Lines.

Located in a privileged setting, offering fantastic views of the surrounding green fields, this singular creation by the Flemish architects Pieterjan Gijs and Arnout Van Vaerenbergh invites you to think about the fragile boundaries between reality and fiction.

Restless minds may find this visit very rewarding. There is lots of inspiration coming out of the lines of this unique church.


Picturesque skies

“I see the world being slowly transformed into a wilderness; I hear the approaching thunder that, one day, will destroy us too. I feel the suffering of millions. And yet, when I look up at the sky, I somehow feel that everything will change for the better, that this cruelty too shall end, that peace and tranquility will return once more”.

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I captured these picturesque skies last Tuesday evening from my place in Maastricht. The weather was windy and chilly (at last!), and after the rain the air was so pure that I couldn’t help but stand there and enjoy it.

The quote above is by Anne Frank.

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Summer Blue

“The deeper the blue becomes, the more strongly it calls man towards the infinite, awakening in him a desire for the pure and, finally, for the supernatural…

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The brighter it becomes, the more it loses its sound, until it turns into silent stillness and becomes white”.

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The pictures on display were shot in June 2016 in Bilbao and San Sebastián (Basque Country, Spain).

The quote is by the Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky.

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Cities of the Danube: Bratislava

Last weekend I went on a daytrip from Vienna to Bratislava, and I must say that the capital city of Slovakia exceeded my expectations.

It is welcoming, has a worthy historical district and an interesting traditional cuisine.

I often bumped into suitably placed bystanders when depicting picturesque places, this fact adding subjectivity to some of the shots (something that I don’t usually achieve).

The pictures of Bratislava are intended to reflect this time not just an objective reality, but also my personal feelings when depicting this reality. I hope they can evoke something positive on you.

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Follow the link to see my post about Vienna.

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Cities of the Danube: Vienna

Universally known for being the cradle of classical music, Vienna is a majestic city that has many cultural attractions, being a must for restless minds. Its palaces, its museums and its classical music performances are gems in the world of art.

The major city of the Danube has different faces:
Vienna is imperial, it is bourgeoise;
but Vienna is also modern, it is also cosmopolitan.

Vienna is full of history, but Vienna is also full of life.

Here below you will find the photographic report of my trip. Get inspired by the multiple charms of this great city.

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